The Black Cat & The Fat Black Pussy-Cat

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In The Black Cat, the touching story of a man and his cat is explored, with horrific results. The cat was given to him by his ex-wife and of course, he hates it and even tortures, then kills the animal. He soon crosses paths with a cat with the same problems and true to form, he goes another round with it, trying to put it to sleep once and for all. Is this black cat really possessed, or is this guy just a nutball with violent tendencies toward felines? In The Fat Black Pussy-Cat, we watch as a maniacal killer stalks women and a detective tries to overcome the odds to end the blood soaked rampage. The crimes have yielded little in terms of clues and as far as witnesses, only a black cat has been present at the murders and survived, which means not much there. But perhaps there is more to this feline that meets the eye, at least that is what an NYU professor thinks. The idea is that the cat is somehow connected to the killer via ESP and if our detective can find this cat around the time of the murders, he can nab the slasher and bring him to justice. As if all this wasn’t enough, the detective has to work inside of a beatnik culture and he stands out like a sore thumb, so the case is that much harder to work on.

This is another fun double feature from Something Weird Video (via Image Entertainment) and this time, the theme is black cats and that means the fur will be a-flyin’ and the bodies will start to pile up. Both of these feline fueled masterpieces center on a psycho killer and an offbeat black cat, who seem to have a connection of some kind. The idea is explored in both with humorous results, especially in The Black Cat, where the dude tries to off the damn cat at every turn. As expected, both are low budget and feature some blood & bodies, but The Black Cat is much better than I had counted on. It remains close to Edgar Allen Poe’s timeless tale and even with extreme budget limits, builds taut atmosphere and delivers some solid chills. I doubt anyone will view either film as a classic of cinema, but I had fun with both pictures and if you’re a fan of cat attacks, your cup will runneth over with this double feature. As if the two flicks weren’t enough, Something Weird has tacked on a large scoop of bonus materials, including over half an hour of deleted scenes for The Fat Black Pussy-Cat. In other words, if you’re at all interested in this off the wall feline double whammy, it is more than recommended in all respects.

Video: How does it look?

The Black Cat is presented in a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer, while The Fat Black Pussy-Cat is presented in a full frame transfer. In both cases, the prints show signs of wear & tear, but still look better than expected. You’ll see some nicks, grain, and other defects, but all things considered, these flaws aren’t too serious. The black & white images come across in clean, fairly sharp form and for how old & cheaply made these flicks are, I am surprised the transfers look as good as they do. The contrast is stark and keeps detail as intended, which is crucial in both pictures. So if you’ve seen other low rent flicks from the same time, you’ll know what to expect and I doubt fans of these movies will be let down.

Audio: How does it sound?

The mono mixes used more than handle the material, but these are low budget movies, so don’t expect too much. The audio is a little on the rough side at times, but stays clean enough, given the age & nature of the material involved. I did hear some hiss & distortion at times, but nothing too serious and in the end, those defects weren’t much of a distraction. The sound effects are thin, but that’s to be expected and dialogue is usually on the mark, so these mixes aren’t flawless, but they’re good enough, I think.

Supplements: What are the extras?

As I mentioned above, this disc contains over thirty minutes of deleted scenes for The Fat Black Pussy-Cat, including an alternate end sequence. Now not all of this footage is solid gold, but it is a most welcome inclusion nonetheless, as you don’t see films of this low profile slathered with extras too often. You can also check out the deleted prologue from The Black Cat, or view the theatrical trailers for both pictures, which is cool. In addition, you’ll find a slew of bonus kitty flick trailers, a short film titled The Cat Girl, and of course, a selection of exploitation artwork and radio spots, the Something Weird staples.

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